Sunset Beach Restoration at Lake Sammamish State Park

Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust (http://mtsgreenway.org), Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Sammamish, Lake Sammamish State Park, WA

Spillover crowding from a day-use beach area and heavy powerboat traffic contributed to shoreline habitat loss and serious erosion at a popular suburban State Park.  The Watershed Company designed and oversaw construction of a 665-foot-long restoration of Sunset Beach to enhance salmon habitat and fish passage while preserving opportunities for recreation.  Thirty-four pieces of large woody debris and native plantings along the shoreline limit pedestrian access and enhance nearshore habitat.  By using a permitting process that speeds acceptance of restoration projects, The Watershed Company was able to fast-track work, completing design and construction in four months. This shoreline restoration, sponsored by the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, followed an award-winning conceptual stream, wetland and shoreline restoration plan that The Watershed Company completed for the entire park in 2006. 

Native plants and installed logs at Lake Sammamish State Park

Since the installation of 34 pieces of large woody debris, native plantings have established

Sunset Beach restoration with logs and native plantings

Lakeside joggers pass installed logs at Sunset Beach

Shortly after installation of logs along Sunset Beach

Before restoration, spillover crowding from a day-use beach trampled nearshore habitat

Installation of lakeshore logs

During construction: large woody debris are placed to limit pedestrian access and enhance habitat

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"We are so impressed with The Watershed Company’s ability to produce the highest quality products and designs on a budget. You get work actually done with this firm."

Doug Schindler, Deputy Director
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust